Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Most Important Thing

Before I get too far into writing this blog, before I post about any projects or tutorials or recipes, before I let another day go by, I must share with you the most important thing in my life.

That is my relationship with Jesus Christ. 

I am a Christian, and I don't want to waste any opportunity to tell someone about the gift of eternal life that we are offered in Christ.

Though I could talk about it for hours, it is really quite simple. It's all in God's Word, the Bible.

God is real, and He created the world and everything in it. (Check out the first chapter in the Bible, Genesis 1.) He created us...perfect. He gave us a free will, and the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, chose to sin against Him. Because of that, we are all born with a sin nature. ("For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" Romans 3:23)
The holy and just penalty for sin is death. We die physically, and we die spiritually, too, to spend eternity in hell. ("For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23)
GOD LOVES US! Because He is holy, He requires the penalty for sin to be paid. But He provided a way that we don't have to pay it.
God, in His sinless state, was born as a man, Jesus Christ, to die in our place. He was crucified on a cross and shed His blood to pay the penalty for sin for us. He conquered death by rising from the grave three days later. He is now in Heaven, and if we accept His payment for sin, we can spend eternity in Heaven with Him and be spared the eternal torture of hell. ("But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8)
It sounds so blunt, but it's the Truth. I'm glad someone told me...and one day you'll be glad someone told you (unless you choose not to believe, and then you'll wish you could turn back the clock and choose differently!).
If you believe what the Bible says, repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Savior! He will forgive your sin and save you from hell, and you can have a home in heaven when you die. No other person or thing can save you, according to God's Word. Only Jesus. We cannot earn salvation. But once we accept the gift of salvation through Jesus, it is everlasting. ("For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Organic Herbal Salve

Many people are seeking out natural remedies and natural body care products to go along with a healthy lifestyle. I've been experimenting over the last year or more with making various products in my home for my family. One of them is my organic herbal salve...

I'm looking forward to selling my salve online in the near future! Currently, I'm checking out the different options and the best way to go about it, but I'll be sure to give you the information when I'm open for business!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Professional Pen Pal

When I was in my teens, I had something like thirteen pen pals...all at once! Only one or two girls were ever in my social circle, so I sought friendship from afar. Inspired by Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loveth at all times..." I determined to be the most faithful of friends - translated to the most faithful of pen pals. :) Every letter I received garnered a reply. And then I'd wait hopefully for each pen pal to write back.

To this day I am an obsessive mail-checker. I have no more pen pals, but still I'm always excited for the random letter from a loved one.

Of the few blogs I follow, a couple have almost become like pen pals to me, in a sense. I look forward to "checking the mail" every day and receiving their "letter." Even if their blogging subject that day might not be of particular interest to me, it's like catching up with a good friend who I know will be there with something to share.

I want my blog to be like that for you, whoever my wonderful readers are. As I'm just starting out, I don't know how often I will be able to post, or what exactly my posts will be about. But I do know that I'm going to stick with this. Rest assured, you will always receive another "letter" from me. :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

First Blog Post

My self-imposed bedtime was two hours ago, but both Jonathan and I are staying up late. It's a hard habit to break, as we've been night owls all of our marriage (almost three years).

We're sipping lemon drop tea as we work on our computers. Well, Jonathan's working. I was reading blogs. :) I only just discovered the joy of blog-reading in the last year...maybe more like the last six months. Before that, I thought blogs were just online journals that people published in hopes of being popular. Ha!

Pinterest became my friend when I was night-nursing my first baby, Jessica, and inevitably, as I pursued the pins, I found the blogs.

I LOVED THEM. Not all of them, but quite a few. They are so inspiring and informative! I am truly grateful to many of these bloggers for sharing their research and experience so I can learn and benefit. 

The idea that I could be a blogger myself came on slowly but steadily. I dismissed it for awhile with the decision that I simply do not have time. I have two babies and I'm constantly busy. Good blogs require a huge time commitment.

But the idea of how AWESOME it would be to have a blog like those I was reading was so appealing. It would be fun, and if it ever became a stay-at-home job, it would be wonderful!
Jonathan was completely supportive of the idea, and willing to help me get started whenever I was ready. After a few months, I finally decided to do it. YES! I will begin a blog.


So, tonight I was reading one of my favorite DIY blogs and laughing out loud over the author's humorous writing. When I read it to Jonathan, he rather randomly pointed out that I myself currently don't write.

"I write thank-you notes!" I exclaimed.

"That doesn't count." 

"I'll write when I blog," I countered, realizing it has been a LONG time since I've written creatively.

"When are you going to start?" he said, obviously annoyed with my procrastination.

"Not until after the yard sale! I'm waaaay too busy right now."

"And those bloggers aren't?"


"This would be a great time to start," he continued. "Write about this-" and he waved his hand to indicate our living room, which is in disarray as I move the contents of rooms around and organize in preparation for our yard sale this Friday. "Write about what you're doing to make this happen."

Okay. Simple enough. I'll start. Right now.

This isn't exactly the way I planned to begin my blog, but it's a start. And I simply need a beginning. 
I'm smiling. This is going to be an exciting journey.